The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here folks as the folks over at Exophase have developed the first full speed Nintendo DS emulator for Android called DraStic.
DraStic is the first Nintendo DS emulator available on a mobile operating system that is able to run most games at full speed. You don’t need a high end Android device to run the emulator either as it runs fine on old single core phones like the Xperia Play as showcased in the demo video below:
DraStic also includes other features like the ability to control the size and placement of the DS screens, full support for gamepads, controllers and physical pad devices like the Xperia Play. There are also save states allowing you to save your games anytime, a built in dedicated cheat code device, the ability to share save files via Google Drive and increase emulation speed by skipping frames and fast forwarding.
DraStic supports a wide variety of smartphones so chance is that yours works, it does not however support Tegra 2 devices so make sure to check the compatibility list before getting the app.
Android really seems to be outshining iOS and other mobile operating systems as far as game emulation is concerned, similar projects for the PSP called PPSSPP and one for GameCube and Wii games called Dophin have started development but it’ll take some time before they run as smooth as DraStic.
DraStic is available to purchase for $7.99 on the Google Play store. The emulator is not free mainly because it was coded from scratch and the code is closed source, the developers put in some hardworkt so they deserve whatever they can get.